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CorelDRAW 9 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual QuickStart Guides)by Phyllis Davis
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CorelDRAW has enjoyed a long run at the front of the pack of illustration programs on the market. No wonder: You get vector illustration, layout, bitmap creation, image editing, painting, and animation, all in one package. With the milestone release of version 10, the leading object-oriented drawing and graphics program proves that it isn't resting on its laurels. Whether you're upgrading from a previous version or have never used an art program before, CorelDRAW 10: Visual QuickStart Guide is the fastest, easiest way to create graphics for print and the Web with this powerful and flexible program.
In patented Visual QuickStart style, the book takes you step-by-step through one task at time, supplementing each set of directions with clear, informative screenshots designed to keep you on track. Newcomers to CorelDRAW can start at the beginning and work their way sequentially through the program's tools and features. For CorelDRAW veterans, CorelDRAW 10 for Windows: Visaul QuickStart Guide is a must-have quick-reference guide to version 10's essential new features.
Book News Annotation:
Presents easy, step-by-step directions with illustrations to take the mystery out of graphic design with CorelDraw 9. Coverage progresses from basics and startup to special effects and printing. For new and experienced users familiar with the Windows environment. Includes b&w screen shots and examples on every page, plus projects. The author is a writer, graphics designer, instructor, and software developer.
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With its latest release, CorelDraw 10 continues to be a powerhouse program for illustration, layout, image editing, paint and animation. CorelDraw 10 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide provides the most practical approach for learning the software and will have users creating dynamic documents for print or for the Web in no time. The book consists of concise, clearly tabbed sections, each of which builds on previously discussed topics. Coverage begins by introducing the program's basic elements, then progresses to more advanced topics such as special effects and printing. With its step-by-step instructions and numerous screen shots, new users will be up and drawing right away. At the same time, more experienced users will find this Visual QuickStart a handy reference guide to learning the latest features and discovering new techniques for creating dazzling effects.
Popular among home and business users alike, CorelDRAW is a complete set of tools for creating drawings, illustrations, and multipage documents. With version 9's powerful new features and redesigned interface, you can produce anything from birthday cards to design plans to Web sites. Whether you've depended on CorelDRAW for years or have never used an art program before, you'll find exactly what you need to get right to work in CorelDRAW 9 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide.
The book is divided into concise, clearly tabbed sections, each of which builds on previously discussed topics. Thanks to its step-by-step instructions and bountiful screenshots, newcomers to the program will be up and drawing right away. And CorelDRAW veterans will find CorelDRAW 9: VQS a handy reference guide to learning the latest features and discovering new techniques for creating amazing effects.
About the Author
Phyllis Davis, a principal of Evolution Software, Inc., is a writer, instructor, graphic designer, and software developer. Among her author credits is Peter Norton's Guide to Visual Basic 4 for Windows 95 (Sams). She has numerous design credits for books, fine art posters, and advertisements.
Table of Contents
1. The Basics.
Objects. Vs. Bitmaps. What's New in Version 10? CorelDraw 10 in a Nutshell. The CorelDraw 10 Interface. CorelDraw 10 Controls. Working with menus. Working with Toolbars. Using the Zoom Tool. Using the Pan Tool. Working with Dockers. Getting Help. Terms You Should Know.
2. Start-up and File Handling.
Launching CorelDraw. Creating a New Document. Opening Documents. Importing Graphics and Text. Saving Drawings. Making Backup files. Exporting Drawings. Window Management. Closing Documents. Quitting CorelDraw.
3. Rectangles and Ellipses.
Drawing a Rectangle. Creating a Rounded Rectangle. Working with Ellipses.
4. Select, Move, Copy, and Size.
Selecting Objects. Moving Objects. Copying Objects. Resizing Object. Deleting Objects.
5. Complex Shapes.
Polygons and Stars. Creating Spirals. Drawing Grids. Drawing Perfect. Shapes.
6. Nodes and Paths.
Three Types of Nodes. Converting an Object to Curves. Working with Nodes.
7. Lines and Curves.
Using the Freehand Tool. Using the Bé Tool. Setting Line Properties. Adding Arrowheads. Calligraphic Lines. Cutting Objects Apart. Using the Eraser Tool. The Artistic Media Tool.
8. Page and Document Setup.
Setting Page Size and Orientation. Setting a Page background. Adding Pages. Deleting Pages. Document Navigation. Viewing Document Info.
9. Tools for Precision.
Working with the Rulers. Setting the Unit of Measure. Using Guidelines. Using Grids. Using the Status Bar. Aligning Objects.
10. Color and Fills.
Solid Color Fills and Outlines. Using Color Palettes. Using the Eyedropper and Paintbucket. Color Management. Creating Fountain Fills. Adding Patterns to Objects. Adding a Texture Fill. Interactive Mesh Fill Tool.
11. Working with Text.
Adding Text to a Document. Formatting Text. Importing Text. Text Layout. Embellishing Text.
12. Text Special Effects.
Skewing and Rotating Text. Creating Drop Shadows. Fitting Text to a Path. Extruding Text. The Neon Effect.
13. Stacking and Layers.
Changing the Staking Order. Working with Layers.
14. Object Arrangement.
Grouping Objects. Locking Objects. Combining and Breaking Objects Apart. Transforming Objects. Shaping Objects.
15. Special Effects.
Using Envelopes. Using Blends. Adding Perspective. Creating Shadowed Objects. The PowerClip Command. The Interactive Transparency Tool. Interactive Distortion Tool. The Interactive Contour Tool. The Lens Docker.
16. Symbols, Clip Art, & Bitmaps.
Working with Symbols. Using the Scrapbook Docker. Working with Bitmap Images. Acquiring Images.
17. CorelDraw and the Web.
World Wide Web Terms. CorelDraw Web Setting. Adding a Page Background. Naming a Web Page. Adding Text to a Web Page. Adding Graphics to a Page. Hyperlinks and Bookmarks. Converting Documents to Web Pages.
Basic Printing. Printing Oversized Drawings. Alternate Printers and Paper Options. Using a Service Bureau. Preflight and Print Preview. Creating a PDF File.
Appendix A: CorelDraw Components.
installed Programs and Other Items. Additional Utilities. Images and Fonts.
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